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    Quote Originally Posted by wallyuk View Post
    I would be very interested to read what movement Eddie intends to use and if sapphire is domed.
    Just going on the spec sheet movt 9039, crystal is decribed as vintage sapphire...looks possibly slightly raised above the bexel in the render.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    7.5 inches. No offence taken. I like the differences between large and small. I can go as high as 46-47mm. In the old days I used to prefer mid-sized Tudor/Rolex to the full size models as they were unusual and less common.

    Thanks. I enjoy the variation in sizes also, wearing a 38 x 46 mm Baltic most of the time when I don't need more WR and ruggedness then it's a Vostok, also really like my 42 x 50 mm Nivrel. Variety is the spice after all...and from a practical standpoint, I'm quite clumsy, so the larger/taller the watch the more cautious I have to be.

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    I like the look of that, and a diver style in a smaller size would be an interesting proposition. I'll echo a call from earlier in the thread for a bigger/chunkier crown, though, I think that would suit the style better. The normal Everest crown is fine on the regular watch, it might look a little lost here. It'd be interesting to see it with the alternate hands as well.
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    Iconic design from yesteryear.

    Looks great on the screen but at 36mm I fear it will come up too small even on my slender wrists.

    38-39mm and it would be excellent.

    Agree a bigger crown would be good.

    Also, donít get Everest branding on a dive watch ... put the WR there ... or the model number.

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    I hope this is alright Eddie (let me know if not) but here's a quick comparison with the 36mm Everest - scaled based on the 20mm lug width. I've used trusty MS Paint so it's 1 pixel off being exact but hopefully it gives an idea of the proportions for those wondering what it'd look like.

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    Look at what I've been playing with

    This looks great! How about having a closed chapter ring? Feels like it would centre the dial visually a little more, a bigger more tactile crown would be a winner too


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastadon View Post
    ... a bigger more tactile crown would be a winner too
    That yes.
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    Didn’t notice the 20mm lug width. Smaller lug width would make the watch/dial look bigger (18mm) - just saying :)

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    My vote goes for a 42mm version :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.Ldn View Post
    Didn’t notice the 20mm lug width. Smaller lug width would make the watch/dial look bigger (18mm) - just saying :)
    But at the trade off of making the case less 'burly', sorry best word I can come up with...an example, I've got a Vostok 420, 18 mm lug width, love the watch dial, the appeal/look, but do still sometimes wish it had 20 mm lugs to make the whole package have more presence.

    Larger crown, great idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    But at the trade off of making the case less 'burly', sorry best word I can come up with...an example, I've got a Vostok 420, 18 mm lug width, love the watch dial, the appeal/look, but do still sometimes wish it had 20 mm lugs to make the whole package have more presence.

    Larger crown, great idea.
    I agree with you. 18mm lugs reduces the wrist presence dramatically.
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    20mm lug width would be ideal. Especially for the aspiring Sean Connery's.

    I for one would be happy to use a badly fitting 18mm nato strap, with a 2mm gap at the spring bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    I like it ... similar look to a snowflake I put together for my brother a few years back...



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    Nice Render!

    Interesting comparison - seems to me that especially with the simple 3 - 6 - 9 layout the smaller dial doesn't come off as diminutive/crowded (which would have been my main concern). I'm hoping this one gets produced.


    Quote Originally Posted by Broadsword View Post
    I hope this is alright Eddie (let me know if not) but here's a quick comparison with the 36mm Everest - scaled based on the 20mm lug width. I've used trusty MS Paint so it's 1 pixel off being exact but hopefully it gives an idea of the proportions for those wondering what it'd look like.

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    Small tweak.



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    Oh wow that hits the spot.

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    Noooo, go back to the original size please

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    Oh yes please Eddie

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    Oh well. Was good while it lasted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Small tweak.



    Eddie
    Absolutely brilliant.These proportions are excellent.For total perfection perhaps a wider crown though.This model will sell out in less than two minutes when it is available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver centurian View Post
    Absolutely brilliant.These proportions are excellent.For total perfection perhaps a wider crown though.This model will sell out in less than two minutes when it is available.
    Same thoughts crossed my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Small tweak.



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    YES to 38mm!

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    Ladies and gents, it will wear like a smallish 40mm watch due to the longer lug to lug length. It will blend in with all the other no crown guard Rolex sub homages out there.
    Look at the PRS29A, the long lugs makes it wear bigger than the expedition.

    Keep it 36mm, bigger crown and enlarge the numerals on the bezel. Then it would be distinct from all the others, and to my eye, spot on.

    Each to their own though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Small tweak.



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    But why 'Everest' on the dial, something related to the RN and in a smaller font?
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    How about the Smiths "Commander", the naval rank of Mr Bond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    How about the Smiths "Commander", the naval rank of Mr Bond?
    That is actually a very good and fitting reference .I like that .

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    It's a dive watch, Everest is inappropriate. 40mm please as the case does not exceed the bezel and would wear small for those of us with larger than girls wrists.藍

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    40mm Commander, aye!

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    Look at what I've been playing with

    I think a ceramic bezel will look *really* out of place, unfortunately. A retro watch like that begs for aluminium

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    Yeah I agree on the ceramic bezel, far too modern look for a vintage inspired watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    How about the Smiths "Commander", the naval rank of Mr Bond?
    +1 on this. Great idea. We've broken the mold with the "commando" already.

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    Big thumbs up for the diameter increase to 38mm.

    Massive thumbs down for the relatively long lug to lug of nearly 47mm. This is the reason I had to sell my Navigator. Even a slight decrease to 45.5mm would make a big difference to the wearability on smaller wrists. Especially with an oyster-style case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    Small tweak.



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    This 38mm tweak with the gilt dial is just about perfect.

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    +1 for the 38mm size- a diver at 36mm would seem too small for my wrists.

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    If you look at Steinharts ocean vintage one (3,6,9) diver it's quite large at 42mm for a period inspired piece .

    But the larger 'big crown' does look fitting .

    If you look at San Martins retro diver (6538 -homage- dare I say) I think they failed with an undersized crown.

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    yikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobc View Post
    ... for those of us with larger than girls wrists.藍
    Last edited by finnegans; 26th April 2021 at 15:03.

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    Another little tweak.



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    Better Eddie, but I still think you're missing a trick at keeping it at 36mm.

    Personally I would have to see the watch at 38mm before buying, whereas at 36mm I would buy it as soon as I could, like many other of your watches I have bought in the past, and still have due their design and quality of manufacture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickyboyo View Post
    Better Eddie, but I still think you're missing a trick at keeping it at 36mm.

    Personally I would have to see the watch at 38mm before buying, whereas at 36mm I would buy it as soon as I could, like many other of your watches I have bought in the past, and still have due their design and quality of manufacture.

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    The render shows it as being 38mm.

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    Shortening the lugs I think is good, proportions look better. I still think it might need a beefier crown.

    38mm will probably broaden the appeal.
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    I had not noticed the original long lug to lug;this shorter version is great for those of us who like to use straps such as a vintage style tropic.The longer lug to lug would only make natos look right.This is great.All it needs now is the larger/fatter crown and it is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    The render shows it as being 38mm.

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    Not according to the first render.

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    I really want to like this but somehow just can't get on with the explorer dial. I love my 36mm Everest but on a diver it just doesn't sit right with me (I know it's famously been done before but something about this just isn't floating my boat).

    I'm holding out for something 6538-esque - that I think would be worthy of the name Commander.

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    Looks almost perfect. Just needs a bigger lume pip.

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    Pretty, pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickyboyo View Post
    Not according to the first render.

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    But it is on the last render.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    But it is on the last render.

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    IIRC Eddie mentioned that the Commander is only 0.8 mms' taller than the standard 36 mm Everest, if my maths is right it will be a pretty svelte 12.1 mm's

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    Quote Originally Posted by swanbourne View Post
    But it is on the last render.

    Eddie
    I have a great idea....

    Get a prototype of a 36 and a 38mm knocked up, go with the 38 to keep the majority happy and please let me buy the 36mm version off you.

    Pure one off, the stuff dreams are made of

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    Okay, maybe two prototypes, I'll take one too. Seriously, though - I'd never have thought you could fit the diver real estate in 36mm but looking at the Tudor 75090 sub, it's gorgeous. This may not resonate across historical Smiths models, but how about a blue-dial and -bezel 36mm diver? Could even go way out there and two-tone it - sort of a 36mm Rolex 16613. Meantime this Commander scratches the small-diver itch for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickyboyo View Post
    I have a great idea....

    Get a prototype of a 36 and a 38mm knocked up, go with the 38 to keep the majority happy and please let me buy the 36mm version off you.

    Pure one off, the stuff dreams are made of

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